Hundreds protest against NT fracking

Hundreds of people have marched to Parliament House in Darwin to protest against fracking in the Northern Territory.

With over 24 wells approved for drilling so far this year, there is growing concern about the potental impact fracking will have on the environment.

ABC reports more than 200 people took part in the March to the NT Parliament where Mines and Energy Minister Dave Tollner came out to accept a petition.

Tollner told the crowd the NT government was committed to protecting the environment.

"Everything in the Northern Territory that's good and worthwhile comes from our environment," Tollner said

"As a Government we are absolutely committed to not killing the goose that lays the golden egg.”

Indigenous woman Helen Williams from Maningrida in Arnhem Land said she was there to try to protect the country around her community.

"We're worried about our beautiful water, the future of our children and our hunting places," she said.

Central Australian Frack-Free Alliance spokesperson Tanya Hall said pastoralists were worried about the welfare of their families. She accused gas and mining companies of being disrespectful to landowners.

A recent report from Deloitte Access Economics stated there could be up to 6,300 full time jobs from fracking and up to $460 million per year in royalties for the NT Government.

Steven Gerhardy from the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association said the CSG industry had a good track record.

"You can't guarantee anything in life, but look at our track record, look at the technology that goes into it and look at the independent reviews that have been done," Gerhardy said.

"They all conclude that this can be done with minimal risk to the environment."

Image: ABC 

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